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Monthly Archives: June 2016

It has been an early spring and summer and farmers have been harvesting legume crops for some time but for some unknown reason my legumes are just starting to bloom.

Alfalfa

Alfalfa

White Clover

White Clover

The Lilies are now blooming in front of the house. I have more ready to bloom in the garden but the deer have already been checking them out so I don’t expect to see many flowers.

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The Ox-eyed Daisies are just about gone. They started blooming just as we were leaving for Iceland and were almost done when we returned.

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I’ve been up early in the morning to photograph flowers blooming on the farm. It’s been difficult because of the wind. I’ve had a couple of days with minimal wind. There are a lot of Sweet William blooming in the prairie. I think these were planted about 15 years ago when I tried to plant wildflowers in my prairie. After dynamiting the hard clay I was able to get the seeds into the ground. To my surprise I had some beautiful flowers. Most were gone in a year but the Sweet Williams hung on and are now flushing.

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The Gloriosa Daisies are just starting to bloom. I’m not sure where they came from but they are flourishing in the prairie.

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The Sedum are now budding out and blooming.

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Here are a few more flower photos from the Red Cedar Trail.

Columbine

Columbine

Dame's Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

Canada Anemone

Canada Anemone

A shot of the lichen on one of the bridges fount on the Red Cedar Trail.

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Nothing is too mundane to take a photo of. Just some leaves I found along the trail. I liked the color and pattern.

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Normally we have Eastern Phoebes around the farm. For years one nested on a light over the back door of the garage. In recent years they have not nested around the house but they turn up occasionally. This week one turned up at my bird feeders. Typically they don’t eat anything at the feeders so I was a little puzzled. It was a hot day and the phoebe looked a little out of sorts. Shortly after he arrived he started chasing an American Goldfinch. He returned to the feeder and then chased another goldfinch. This behavior went on for about 15 minutes. A few days later he was back and still chasing goldfinches.

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I happened to notice an Eastern Bluebird perched near my feeders. It was obvious she had just taken a bath and was in the process of drying off. Her first batch of young had just fledged and I think she was unwinding. While I was watching she flew back down to the bird feeder to take a second dip.

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My wife and I made our first visit to Hoffman Hills Recreation Area since our return from Iceland. There were a few birds around. It looks like Eastern Bluebirds have taken up residence in several houses.

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There was a little activity in the ponds. We found this Muskrat in the first pond. He didn’t pay much attention to us as we walked around the pond. The second pond was completely covered in scum and there was no evidence of any birds or animals using it.

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There were a few flowers around. The Spiderwort is the most common.

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The Prairie Smoke is just about gone.

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Orange Hawkweed is common on the trails.

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Dragon Flies are out and about.

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On a recent visit to Duluth I was able to catch the Atlantic Huron leaving port. This was the first time I had photographed this ship.

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On our first walk along the Red Cedar Trail since our return from Iceland  we found a number of flowers blooming.

Canada Anemone

Canada Anemone

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Spiderwart

Spiderwart

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade

Thimbleweed

Thimbleweed

Large forest fires in Canada resulted in a beautiful sunrise in Canal Park as the smoke covered the horizon.

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I walked down to Canal Park to watch the Great Lakes Trader. The Great Lakes Trader is one of the few tug barges that visits. In this case the power is supplied by the Tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort .

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